Thursday, November 4, 2021

By News and Internal Communications

By Pat Rodriguez

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – If you love math and want to take that knowledge to the next level, make some time to attend the 4th Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Texas-Louisiana Section, hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Nov. 5-7 at South Padre Island.

The three-day conference, taking place at the Courtyard by Marriott South Padre Island, is an opportunity for faculty experts and university students to share recent results, projects, and future directions in Applied Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Sciences, said Dr. Vesselin Vatchev, associate school director for the UTRGV School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and liaison for the SIAM Texas-Louisiana Section.

The UTRGV College of Sciences and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences are serving as meeting hosts along with the SIAM Texas-Louisiana Section. Vatchev is inviting the public to attend two speaking events featuring Dr. Lisa Fauci, a professor of mathematics at Tulane University, and Dr. Michael (Misha) Chertkov, chair and professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona.

Chertkov will speak during a Career Panel on Friday, Nov. 5, from 2:45-3:45 p.m., along with two other panelists. The panel will give attendees insight into what a career in industrial and applied mathematics entails and discuss the variety of career opportunities for people with math training and talent.

Fauci, who will speak on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10:15-11:15 a.m., will give a talk on “Buckling, Mixing, Swimming, Dissolving: Adventures with Helices at the Microscale.”

“Both, Fauci and Chertkov, have extended experience in this field, and this conference will be a good opportunity for UTRGV students and faculty to learn about the industry and interdisciplinary community,” said Vatchev.

For more information about the 4th Annual Meeting, visit the SIAM conference website.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.